Edmonds-Woodway’s talented freshmen, returners making waves | Boys swimming

State participants Eno, Wang lead Warriors
Dec 28, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Daniel Eno competes in the 200 individual medley during a Wesco South meet against Jackson Thursday, Dec. 14, at Lynnwood Pool.

A mix of returning talent and promising newcomers has given a big boost to the Edmonds-Woodway boys swim team.

The Warriors are close to qualifying all three of their relay teams to state, according to coach Nolan Welfringer.

Edmonds-Woodway’s 200-yard medley relay team of Jeff Plum, Yuteng Wang, Daniel Eno and Lukas Mraz just missed a state time by about a second and a half at a Wesco South meet against Jackson Thursday, Dec. 14, at Lynnwood Pool.

“The medley is by far the closest,” Welfringer said. “They’ll get it at some point. They’ve been so close. It’s just a matter of time.”

Wang, Eno and Mraz were part of the Warriors’ 200 medley relay team that finished 20th at last year’s 3A state championships. Mraz swam the anchor leg on the 200 freestyle relay team that placed 24th.

Wang also competed in the 200 individual medley, where he placed 18th, and Eno finished 22nd in the 100 breaststroke.

“(Eno) looks as fast if not faster than last year,” Welfringer said.

Two freshmen who already are making waves are Plum and Logan Schnitzius, both of whom are among the Warriors’ fastest swimmers.

Schnitzius is putting up good times in the 400 freestyle.

“Sometimes he surprises me a lot with what he’s capable of doing in a meet,” Welfringer said. “He was my fastest on my 400 relay to end the meet and he’s 14 years old.”

Two other Warriors who are solid prospects for the state meet are Mraz and Niko Inadomi. The two are performing well in the 200 freestyle.

“They have a good shot based on how fast they are swimming now,” Welfringer said.

The Warriors’ numbers are up this season with the team in the mid-30s, the highest it’s been in a number of years.

Edmonds-Woodway (2-1-1 in the league, 3-1-1 overall) opened the season with a rare tie with Shorecrest and followed up with dual meet victories over Mountlake Terrace, Cascade and Everett. Jackson (5-0, 5-0) handed the Warriors their only loss of the year, cruising to an easy 114-56 victory.

The first two dual meets of January should be extremely challenging, as Edmonds-Woodway travels to face Shorewood (4-0, 4-0) on Thursday, Jan. 4, at Shoreline Pool and then hosts Kamiak (4-0, 5-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Lynnwood Pool.

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